Metropolitan Life North Building
|Metropolitan Life North Building|
|Location||Midtown Manhattan, New York City, USA|
|Roof||137.5 m (451 ft)|
The Metropolitan Life North Building, now known as Eleven Madison, is a 30-story art deco skyscraper on Madison Square Park in Manhattan, New York City, at 11-25 Madison Avenue. The building is bordered by East 24th Street, Madison Avenue, East 25th Street and Park Avenue South, and is connected by an elevated walkway to the Met Life Tower just south of it. The building replaced the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, which was designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White, and had been completed only thirteen years before.
The North Building was designed in the 1920s by Harvey Wiley Corbett and D. Everett Waid  as a 100-story skyscraper that would have been the tallest building in the world. However, due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and onset of the Depression, the construction was halted at floor 29 in 1933. There is some speculation as to whether Metropolitan Life really intended to finish the 100-story tower, but the existing building was obviously constructed to be strong enough to support it. However, there are no known plans to "finish" the building. The original plans were to include a New York City Subway station. The station is now located one block south on 23rd Street with an entrance through the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower at One Madison Avenue.
The building, which has 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2) of space, was constructed in three stages, and was finally completed in 1950. It is finished on the outside with Alabama limestone and marble detailing, and marble in the lobbies. The building features four vaulted corner entrances, and its bulk is mitigated by numerous setbacks and its polygonal shape. The building contains 30 elevators, enough to serve the originally-planned 100 floors.
From 1994-1997, the building, which has served time as Met Life's records warehouse, had its interior redesigned by Haines Lundberg Waehler and the exterior renovated, all at the cost of $300 million. It is now by the Sapir Organization and primarily occupied by Credit Suisse, with the Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara restaurant Eleven Madison Park occupying street-level retail space on Madison Avenue.
In popular culture
- The 1981 thriller Eyewitness used the building's lobby as the place where William Hurt's character was employed as a janitor, and where the brutal murder that begins the film takes place. Other scenes from the film were shot there as well.
- Director Martin Scorsese used the building as the location for Griffin Dunne's office in the 1985 film After Hours.
- Woody Allen's 1986 Radio Days utilized the North Building for the building where the offices of a broadcasting network were located.
- Slick Rick's 1998 album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick features a photo of the building on its cover.
- In the 2011 film The Adjustment Bureau, the building's lobby is used as a setting for some scenes.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Mendelsohn, Joyce. Touring the Flatiron. New York: New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1998. ISBN 0-964-7061-2-1
- White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5.
- Alleman, Richard. The Movie Lover's Guide to New York. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. ISBN 0060960809 p.160
- in-Arch.net: The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Building and Annex
- Original building design at Skyscraper Page
- Design of finished building at Skyscraper Page